By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal
Toyota Boshoku Mississippi will accept applications Monday for its plant in the Itawamba community of Dorsey.
The company plans to hire about 250 hourly and salaried employees by December 2011.
Applications will be accepted Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Itawamba County Development Council building in Fulton. The building is behind the courthouse on Wiygul Street.
The ICDC office will be open all week to take Toyota Boshoku applications.
Applications also will be accepted at the WIN Job Center in Belden. The WIN Job Center is inside the Itawamba Community College’s Belden Center, off McCullough Boulevard.
The hours for the Belden WIN Job Center are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, the center closes at 4 p.m.
All applications must be done in person, said Rita McDonough with human resources at Toyota Boshoku America. Applications will not be accepted online, through the phone or at the plant.
Applicants also must go to the ICDC building or the Belden WIN Job Center to find out about job titles and descriptions.
A Toyota Boshoku Mississippi representative said hourly pay and salaries will be competitive with other manufacturing jobs in the state, but declined to give further details.
The Tier 1 Toyota supplier got a jump on job applications last month, attracting about 500 applicants at a Community Development Foundation job fair in Tupelo.
“We’re hoping to meet or beat that,” McDonough said.
Added Mark Daugherty, general manager of human resources for Toyota Boshoku America: “They’re staffing it like we are going to have that kind of turnout. We’re hoping to have people knocking on the doors at 8:30.”
The application takes about 20 minutes to fill out. After the application is done, potential employees will be scheduled for a computer-based skilled assessment.
Applicants should plan to spend about 45 minutes for the initial day of applying.
“Hopefully, if someone wanted to run over during lunch, they could,” Daugherty said.
The company already has 43 employees at its Dorsey plant. Forty of those were local hires, with Itawamba, Prentiss, Lee and Monroe counties represented.
Toyota Boshoku America plans to hire 10 to 20 more employees by the end of the year. It will resume hiring Jan. 3. The employee count is expected to grow to 250 by the start of production at the end of 2011.